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Old 09-19-2010, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What CPU Cooler should I get?

My Computer Case is the Antec 300 Illusion.
My Processor is the AMD Athlon 635.

First, I really thought that the Scythe Katana 3 would work out, but then I read a few people saying that it is great for dual cores, but not very good for quad cores.

I am looking at the following coolers because they seem quality and I'm pretty sure they would fit in my case.
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball
Tuniq Tower 120 Universal

I prefer the cooler to not be very audible, I would say about 35db or less. However I am more concerned with cooling than noise, but sometimes when I am at home and there is no ambient noise what-so-ever, and that is when fan noise starts to bother me.
You're welcome to suggest any cooler in my budget range.
MY BUDGET IS $50, US currency.

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I have the Arctic Freezer 7 Pro. Keeps my Q9550 (3.57Ghz) at around 42 idle.
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I used to have a Zalman 9500 (smaller version of the same cooler) and I was unable to hear it run at all.

The Tuniq is 6.12" tall. The Zalman is 5.68" tall. The AC Freezer 7 is 5.06" tall. The only one you would need to measure for would be the Tuniq so as to make sure you have enough room (and don't have to send it back like I did because I forgot to inlude my mobo and CPU in my figures).
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Those are all good coolers. From what I've read the Tuniq's a good bet, seems to have gotten popular awhile back.
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I used to have a Zalman 9500 (smaller version of the same cooler) and I was unable to hear it run at all.

The Tuniq is 6.12" tall. The Zalman is 5.68" tall. The AC Freezer 7 is 5.06" tall. The only one you would need to measure for would be the Tuniq so as to make sure you have enough room (and don't have to send it back like I did because I forgot to inlude my mobo and CPU in my figures).
I will measure to make sure that the coolers fit before I purchase it, thank you for the height of each cooler. Once I get home, I will do one final look over them and then choose one. I will post which one I choose, then later I will post how it performs.
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I will measure to make sure that the coolers fit before I purchase it, thank you for the height of each cooler. Once I get home, I will do one final look over them and then choose one. I will post which one I choose, then later I will post how it performs.
I have the artic cooler pro v2 which you are looking at, very quiet, keeps my AMD athlon 6000 at 20c Idle ( This is a 3ghz chip, which also runs quite hot, I think yours may run cooler as it's 45nm.) - Though I'm using AMD cool `n quiet to underclock it, under stress it hits around 38c.
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I should have just enough room for the Tuniq Tower 120 Universal. I think I will order the Tuniq Tower 120, and if it gives me any issues, then I may return it and get the Zalman.
Any second thoughts are appreciated.
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Anyone have a preference of the cooler I should get?
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Artic cooler pro V2 I reckon.
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After bouncing back and forth between the 3, I ended up losing my sanity and ordering one.
I picked the Zalaman 9700, the voice in my head wouldn't leave me alone until I ordered something.
Hope all goes well, I will keep you guys updated.
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